Rogue One—Putting the War in Star Wars

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One is the story of Jyn Erso and her at-first reluctant mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

1—A War Movie

Rogue One reads more like a WWII movie than heist movie. There’s war room scenes, and spies, and factions, and betrayal. And of course the kill ‘em all aspect. I have to say, I was expecting Jen to be a last survivor right up until the end, and was pleasantly surprised when that wasn’t the case.

The themes of hope and sacrifice are well done.

2—Effects

The effects in this movie is gorgeous, of course. The city and surrounding landscape blowing up are particularly detailed and, though you hate the guy saying it, it is beautiful to watch. Horrible in-story, in the sense of all the lives and history lost. But from an outside perspective, beautiful work.

They also did a great job on Grand Moff Tarkin and young Princess Leia. If I didn’t know the faces must be CG work, I might not suspect—my mom didn’t on Grand Moff Tarkin. But since I know the original actor has been dead for a while, that helped tip me off.

I keep using the word beautiful, but the movie really is visually stunning. All the environments, and there are a lot of them, are well thought out and well realized.

3—Characters

The movie packs a lot of characterization into short moments, but then with a cast this big, it has to. I think they do it well though. In particular, I like the evolving relationship (non-romantic—there are no romance subplots in this movie, thank god) between Jyn and Captain Andor.

Conclusion

I loved the movie but definitely go in expecting a bittersweet ending rather than a fluffy romp. I also appreciated the lack of an opening block of exposition.

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